In the meantime, however, hell be honing his game with the young ones. Thursday, Eaks fired an 8-under-par 64 to take a one-shot lead after the first round of the inaugural Buy.Com Charity Pro-Am at the Cliffs in Greenville, SC.
Less than 13 months from turning 50, Eaks leads Bob Heintz (65) and Scott Ford (65) by one. All three men played the Cliffs Valley course. They will play the second of the two courses in play this week, the Keowe Vineyards, on Friday.
Affectionately known as Gramps, Eaks is in his 10th full season on the Buy.Com Tour. In 1997, he finished ninth on the season-ending money list and qualified for the PGA Tour.
Playing as a member on the big tour for the first time since 1981, Eaks made 11 of 34 cuts in 1998, finishing 134th in earnings. His best finish came in a tie for eighth at the United Airlines Hawaiian Open.
Now, the three-time Buy.Com winner is back on the smaller circuit.
Currently 39th on the money list, the three-time tour winner carded nine birdies ' including five in a seven-hole stretch on the back nine - to just one bogey.
Full-field scores from the Buy.Com Charity Pro-Am